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Computer Hardware Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Computer Hardware Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $72K per year. Total cash compensation to Computer Hardware Engineers ranges from $41K on the lower end to $112K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Hardware Engineers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$45,677 - $106,469
(Median)
$46K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,162
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$9.00 - $38.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,677 - $106,469  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,276  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,503 - $111,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 313
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$9.00 - $38.50  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $76.60  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,276  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,503 - $111,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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Job Description for Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer hardware engineers develop computer hardware and systems, designing products such as computer chips, circuit boards, modems, and printers, among others. They assess the needs of their clients or organization related to computer hardware systems, recommending hardware that will fill that need. Computer hardware engineers create designs for hardware, developing options that include cost estimates and logistical details. During the development process, these engineers analyze and test hardware, helping resolve any problems that arise. Computer hardware engineers must be able to recommend inspections and suggest any modifications that would increase systems' performance. They review systems with colleagues to ensure they meet all relevant specifications and standards.

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Computer Hardware Engineer Tasks

  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.
  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.

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Popular Skills for Computer Hardware Engineer


Computer Hardware Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with verilog, Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Java. The majority of those who know C also know Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Computer Hardware Engineers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $65K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $83K. Computer Hardware Engineers bring in $90K after working for 10 to 20 years. Professionals who achieve more than 20 years of experience generally enjoy cushy salaries; their median compensation sits in the ballpark of $103K, a plump six-figure sum.

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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

verilog
up arrow 22%

Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
up arrow 12%


C
up arrow 5%

C++
up arrow 4%

National Average
$72,000

Java
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 6%